Unfortunately, this has been made my problem. Outlook 2003, patched, (XP Home Edition. Patched.) times out finding the SMTP and POP servers, so mail does not get sent or received.
Created a new profile, with the same problem.
I am able to ping the servers without a problem.
I can telnet to the SMTP server fine.
No apparent problems with the Internet connect--can browse the web at will and do webmail.
McAfee personal security, on or off, does not seem to be the problem.
ISP claims there is no problem on their end. (and I tend to believe them in this case).
Searching the KB does not help me here.
Ran anti-spyware scans and came up with innocuous stuff--mostly cookies--used two programs for the scan, and also HijackThis.
OE exhibits the same problem.
One thing I neglected to do was look at the event logs, so there may be something there that may give me a clue, and I will check them when I go over there again tomorrow night.
Has anyone seen this before, and how did you resolve it?
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